|Publication number||US4735333 A|
|Application number||US 06/941,024|
|Publication date||Apr 5, 1988|
|Filing date||Dec 12, 1986|
|Priority date||Dec 12, 1986|
|Publication number||06941024, 941024, US 4735333 A, US 4735333A, US-A-4735333, US4735333 A, US4735333A|
|Inventors||Terry W. Lay, Carol A. Stieffermann|
|Original Assignee||Terry W. Lay|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (37), Classifications (9), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to a device for holding soda or beer cans or the like.
The beer can and soda can are a fixture on the American scene. These metal, typically 12 ounce metal cans, with the pull tab are seen and used everywhere; at home, at work, at sporting events, picnics and parties. The beverage contained in these cans are usually drunk cold and for this reason the cans are kept in a refrigerator or refrigerated unit or on ice. Upon removal from the refrigerated unit the can and beverage are exposed to a warmer temperature which, over time, may warm the beverage, for example beer or soda, to a point where the beverage is less enjoyable to the drinker than when cold. Also, the cans tend to be wet on the outside because of condensation or water from melting ice if the cans have been iced. This makes the cans slippery to hold and may also require the drinker to keep drying his hands every time after he sets the can down.
Insulated sleeves are known in the prior art formed from foam, rubber or the like but such sleeves offer only limited insulation protection. Also known are covered containers such as that shown in U.S. Pat No. 3,120,319 but such containers are provided with a screw-on cap which cannot readily be removed without using two hands. Insulated lined pitchers are also known such as those shown in U.S. Pat. No. 3,094,448 and U.S. Pat. No. 3,861,568 but these units are intended to receive liquid directly and not to provide a receptacle for a can.
The present invention overcomes these and other problems in a manner not disclosed in the known prior art.
To aid the beer or soda drinker, the present invention is an insulated holder for the cans. The holder is rigid to accomodate a beer or soda can and is made to sit on a table or the ground without tipping. By placing a can in the holder, the drinker avoids the wetness problem. Also, the holder has a lid which both aids in keeping the can cooler longer, and prevents dirt or insects from getting into the can. For aesthetic purposes, the holder and its lid can be formed to resemble a classic stein.
This holder can holder includes a hollow cylinder of insulating material having an inner diameter substantially equal to the outer diameter of the can for the can to be placed in the cylinder; a base at the lower end of the cylinder having a substantially flat bottom surface so the container will set on a table or the ground; a lid fitting over the upper end of the cylinder; and hinge means to lift the lid with one hand and allow a person to open a can set inside the container or drink from it.
It is an aspect of this invention that the lid includes a projection on its outer surface adjacent the surface abutting the upper end of the cylinder and that the hinge means includes a pair of projections between which the first said projection protrudes.
It is another aspect of this invention that the inner face of each projection of the pair of projections has an indentation and the abutting faces of the first said projection each has a nib received in the identations to form an axis about which the lid pivots.
Still another aspect of this invention is that the lid has an outwardly extending finger tab operable by the user to lift the lid.
A further aspect of this invention is that the first said projection curves outwardly beyond the axis to provide a finger operable tab for the user to lift the lid.
Another aspect of this invention is to provide a handle, the pair of projections formed with the cylinder being formed on the upper end of the handle.
In another aspect of this invention the lid is generally hemispheric in shape.
It is an aspect of this invention that the holder is relatively simple and inexpensive to manufacture and easy to use.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of a container of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the container of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the container of the present invention;
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of the container of FIG. 3, and
FIG. 5 is a partial sectional view of an attachment arrangement for affixing a lid on the container.
Referring now by reference numerals to the drawing and first to FIGS. 1 and 2 it will be understood that insulated holder for a can C of beer or soda or the like is indicated generally by reference numeral 1. The holder comprises a hollow cylinder 3 having an open upper end and a lower end. The cylinder is made of insulating material such as styrofoam or similar relatively rigid insulative material. Cylinder 3 has an inner diameter which is substantially equal to the outer diameter of can C. As shown in FIG. 2, cylinder 3 is formed, as by molding, so that the bottom has a slightly larger inner diameter than the top. Can C therefore is easily placed in the container by a drinker when full or first opened, and easily removed when empty.
Holder 1 has a base 5, preferably formed from polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene or the like, which supports the the cylinder 3. The lower end of cylinder 3 has a circumferential shoulder 7 and an upper end of base 5 has circumferentially formed mating surface 9. The cylinder may be attached to the base, for example, by force fitting the pieces together, or using a glue or an ultrasonic or heat-seal weld. Base 5 includes a deck 11 having a tapered portion upon which the bottom of can C rests. Deck 11 may be integrally formed with the outer cylindrical skirt 13 of the base and may be a solid web of material. Preferably however, the deck has an opening 15 therein for permitting liquid from the sides of the can to drain out the bottom of the holder. The opening 15 also facilitates the insertion of the can by providing for the escape of air. The outer cylindrical skirt 13 of the base is slightly flared so the base of the holder is bigger in diameter than the top. This provides stability. The bottom surface 17 of the skirt is flat so the holder can be set upon a table or the ground without tipping.
The holder 1 includes an annular upper end or support for the cylinder 3. Support 33 is force fitted, glued or otherwise attached to the cylinder 3 by fitting the tongue 43 into the mating portion 45. Importantly, the holder has a dome-shaped lid 19 fitting over the upper end 34 of cylinder 3. The lid may be generally hemispheric in shape as the lid 19 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, or relatively flat. The upper end 33 and the lid 19 are preferably formed from the same material as the skirt 5.
The lid 19 is mounted via hinge means 21 for pivotal movement with respect to the annular support 33 for swinging between a closed position for covering the open end of cylinder 3 and the top of a can within the cylinder, and an open position to permit access to the can within the cylinder. The arrangement is such as to enable a drinker to lift the lid 19 with the same hand that holds the container. To this end, the lid 19 has a projection 23 formed on its outer surface abutting the upper end of cylinder 3. A pair of projections 25 are formed on the annular support 33 and projection 23 fits between these projections. A pin 27 fits through all three projections to form an axis about which lid 19 pivots. A finger operable tab 29 extends horizontally from the edge of lid 19 fo facilitate the drinker's raising of the lid.
A modified holder 101 is shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. Similar parts are identified by the same reference numeral with the addition of prefix 100. The holder is generally similar to that described above in that it includes a flared cylinder 103, a lower base 105, an upper annular support 133, and a lid 119.
However, in this embodiment the holder has a handle 131 which may be integrally formed with cylinder 103 or, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, as an integral unit having a lower section incorporating base 105 and an upper section incorporating annular support 133 and formed from the same material. Cylinder 103, as in the previous embodiment, fits between the base 105 and support 133. Lid 119 has a projection 123 which protrudes between a pair of upright projections 125 that extend upwardly from the upper end of handle 131. Pin 127 extends through all three projections to form an axis about which lid 119 pivots. In this embodiment projection 123 curves outwardly beyond projections 125 and forms a finger operable tab 129 for the user to lift lid 119.
An alternate hinge means 41 is indicated in FIG. 5. Here, projections 25 each have an indentation 35 formed on their inner face and the abutting faces of projection 23 have a nib 37 rotatably fitting in the indentations to form an axis about which a lid pivots. This arrangement provides that the lid may be snapped into place and removed as desired. The modified holder 101 may similarly be provided with the alternate hinge means.
It will be noted that the holder 1 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 is a utilitarian design while that shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 is more decorative in appearance being more the shape of a stein.
Having described the invention in detail, those skilled in the art will appreciate that modifications may be made without departing from its spirit. Therefore, it is not intended that the scope of the invention be limited to the specific embodiments illustrated and described. Rather it is intended that the scope of this invention be determined by the appended claims and their equivalents.
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|U.S. Classification||220/739, D07/511, 220/740|
|International Classification||A47G23/02, B65D81/38|
|Cooperative Classification||A47G23/0233, B65D81/3886|
|European Classification||B65D81/38K4, A47G23/02A2D|
|Jan 6, 1988||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: LAY, TERRY W., 7004 JAMIESON, ST. LOUIS, MO 63109
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:STIEFFERMANN, CAROL A.;REEL/FRAME:004819/0055
Effective date: 19871223
Owner name: LAY, TERRY W.,MISSOURI
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:STIEFFERMANN, CAROL A.;REEL/FRAME:004819/0055
Effective date: 19871223
|Sep 26, 1991||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Nov 14, 1995||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Apr 7, 1996||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Jun 18, 1996||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 19960410